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Comment: Re:did they damage the car? (Score 2) 282

by drinkypoo (#49771217) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

You can certainly unintentionally confess to a crime. Never talk to the police except through your lawyer.

Thank you, Mister Rockefeller, but what about all the poor schmoes who don't have a lawyer on retainer? They shouldn't have to worry about being shaken down by the cops, either.

Comment: Re:no power (Score 1) 180

If you swing for IT and miss, what are you going to do for a living? Phone support? Telemarketing?

If you swing for some real vocation and miss, like say smog tech or doctor, you can still fall back as something else, like a normal bolt-breaking mechanic, or a weed doc.

I don't know what the female equivalents are, it's probably sexist even to just suggest such a thing. Not a lot of women going into smog though

Comment: Re:Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 621

by Tom (#49770387) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

At the end? You want to say the LIBOR scandal was not real, courts were all wrong and banks paid out billions in fines just to avoid some bad PR?

Get back to reality. We have actual proof that these people are criminals and they they were engaged in a criminal conspiracy.

There is no conspiracy in the conspiracy-theory world-domination sense, but if you doubt that there was at least one conspiracy in the criminal sense, you haven't read any news for some years.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 621

by Tom (#49770369) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

Yes, there is a part of that as well. The german government is absolutely to blame for the whole circus and far from the innocent victim they pretend to be.

Blaming banks for this suggests that more bank regulation and supervision is the solution,

Not at all. I'm very libertarian in this. The solution is to let the fucking "too big to fail" banks fail. But if they threaten to take down the whole system, bankrupt them the way you would any other essential service: By nationalising them, letting all their shareholders pay the bill, jail the top management for endangering the economy, selling all the financial market gambling money it holds and using all its assets to pay out regular peoples accounts. Then close the whole thing down and tell the other banks that if they so much as flinch, they'll be next.

If you give governments and politicians the ability to interfere in the market (tell banks and corporations what to do), they are going to use that ability not for the benefit of society, but for their own political benefit and the financial benefit of their political and financial backers.

Sadly, our fear of that is so overwhelming, that we've allowed the opposite to become reality. We've weakened our governments so much that banks and corporations interfere with politics (telling governments what to do) and they are using that ability not for the benefit of society, but for their own economic beenfit and the profit interests of their shareholders and investors.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 621

by Tom (#49770307) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

The loans to Greece were for "schools and public services".

Bullshit. The loans were given under austerity conditions, i.e. orders to cut this and that and that in social services.

Heck, you just again called for another massive transfer of money from French and German tax payers to banks and corporations, because that's what Greek debt forgiveness amounts to.

No, I call that we let the banksters actually suffer the consequences of a high-risk investment going wrong (after all, that risk is why the interest rate is so high) and send the money to Greece not to french and german banks with Greece being just a proxy.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 621

by Tom (#49770281) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

It is hard to see why German or French pensioners should pay for the stupidity of Greek voters.

It's even harder to see why taxpayers should pay for the gambling debt of big banks.

Iceland was the only country that did the right thing: Jail the bankers and save regular peoples' account money, not investors profits.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 621

by Tom (#49770267) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

Ohter eurozone countries are going to pay instead of Greece.

Here's a crazy idea: Some private corporations made a huge profit lending money at very high interest rates. Interest on credit is your payment for taking a risk (that's why there is higher interest if the risk is higher). What if - omg! - that risk actually were a risk and they would lose their money? If taxpayers did not bail them out so they can buy a 3rd yacht?

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